Posted on 24 February 2021

The Benefits Of Snail Mucin For Your Skin

What is snail mucin?

Snail mucin (snail secretion filtrate) is exactly what it sounds like; snail slime. However, once you get over the initial ickiness factor, snail mucin is a wonderful ingredient that the K-beauty scene canโ€™t get enough of.

Snail mucin is made of the coveted ingredients you see featured in countless holy-grail skincare products; essential proteins, glycolic acid, soothing allantoin, magical copper peptides, vitamins and minerals including antioxidants.

When a snail is injured, the mucin it produces helps to regenerate the snailโ€™s damaged skin cells and even a damaged shell.

Suffering from Maskne (aka. mask acne)?

The repairing and regenerating power of snail mucin is very effective for various skin issues, especially for those suffering from breakouts from wearing face masks (aka maskne). The powerful ingredients in snail mucin work to prevent scarring and speed up the recovery process.

The cell-regenerating power of snail mucin is anti aging. As we age, our skin gradually loses itโ€™s cell regeneration properties, the process becomes slower, leading to skin sagging and wrinkles.

Most anti-aging products focus on skin regenerating ingredients, some of which are not so great for sensitive skin like retinoids. Snail mucin is naturally sourced so most skin types even sensitive skin can benefit well from using it!

COSRX

Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

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This product contains 96% snail mucin and sodium hyaluronate which is a highly concentrated version of Hyaluronic Acid (HA). A humectant property, perfect for hydrating the skin without the heaviness of other ingredients like silicones. As the molecular size of sodium hyaluronate is much smaller than HA, it absorbs into the skin much easier. Making this serum highly moisturising from within.

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How is the snail mucin sourced?

Extraction methods vary depending on the brand. However, snails do not need to be harmed or manipulated to produce mucin. The snail mucin range we have available at STHWEET is from CORSRX, a cruelty-free brand, the snail mucin is extracted by allowing them to roam free for 30 minutes on a sheet that collects the mucin.

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